CAT Topper Interview: Manage time by maximising number of questions to solve in each quarter hour, says 99.48 percentiler Nikhit Gembali
Nikhit Gembali, a B.Tech from NIT Bhopal student started preparing for CAT 2015 five months in advance out of his love for aptitude. Owing to his grip over the concepts and Quants and DI & LR being the strong area, he did not need to use the calculator even once. His early preparation and systematic approach led him to crack CAT with 99.48 percentile and take admission in IIM Kashipur.
Like most of the engineers, Nikhit’s weak area was Verbal Ability, which he improved by solving two reading comprehension passages every day and reading articles. For him, the challenge in the exam is sectional time limit. He suggests CAT aspirants to focus on time management skills and attempt as many questions as possible with high accuracy within an hour for each section.
Read the detailed CAT Topper Interview below.
Careers360: What made you pursue MBA, and why IIM and not any other top B-school?
Nikhit: I started CAT preparation out of pure love for aptitude. The vast breadth of knowledge one acquires by pursuing MBA excited me. The knowledge I started gaining directly or indirectly by reading articles and few general awareness topics really made me feel the grit of MBA. IIMs are the top B-Schools in our country. As I had done my graduation from a premier institute (NIT), I knew the value of the tag and the intellectual growth it provides.
Careers360: How was your experience of taking CAT in its new pattern?
Nikhit: This was my first attempt, so the pattern change was not a challenge as such. Calculator was a tricky part, but eventually I got used to it. Still I relied on oral calculations mostly. The bigger challenge for me was sectional time limits. It is essential to manage the time for each of the three sections equally.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for CAT? Did you change your strategy based on new pattern?
Nikhit: I started preparing for CAT in June 2015. I did not change my routine after announcement of pattern change but started putting my hard work in improving my reading skills to manage verbal section in time.
Careers360: Please share your sectional preparation strategy. How did you tackle your weak areas?
Nikhit: I was good in QA, DI & LR as I had a background in engineering from NIT, Bhopal. I had firm concepts in those and could manage with minimal preparation. I had to put in extra effort in Verbal Ability section. I tried to make up for it by increasing my reading speed. I used to solve at least two reading comprehensions daily and read articles.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?
Nikhit: After the pattern change the sections had their time limits so the time management formula was basically the number of questions one could solve in a given span time. Maximising the number of questions solved in each quarter hour helped me manage time during the test.
Careers360: After the exam, how did you prepare for the PI-WAT rounds?
Nikhit: Initially I started preparing by seeing some demo interviews online, and then prepared some HR questions and then gave some demo PIs before the final interview. Meanwhile for WAT, I used to read newspaper articles and write down key points. I tried to relate as many articles as possible with probable questions that might be asked in the PI round. I kept myself abreast with all the current affair topics as well. That helped with having a specific view about an issue which helped in PI-WAT rounds.
Careers360: What are the key factors, you think, that influenced your selection at the PI stage?
Nikhit: I am usually reserved by nature. But on that particular day I was very expressive and was confident during the interview. I think that influenced my selection at PI stage. For people like me I would say try to be expressive and stand for your beliefs.
Careers360: What would be your advice for CAT 2016 aspirants?
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As you have not mentioned your home state so considering it as Rajasthan according to your profile.
See it is little bit difficult to predict exactly whether you will get seat in any government medical college or not because different colleges have different cut-offs for State quota and All India Quota. Also, cut-offs are bound to change every year depending upon various factors such as the number of candidates appearing in an examination, the number of candidates qualifying an examination, difficulty level of the paper, and so on.
But if we go through previous years NEET cut-off trends in Rajasthan then there are good chances for you to get seat in some of the GMCs, the reason being is last year the lowest cut-off marks was 564 for Government Medical College, Barmer for Management quota seat under Home State quota for OBC category.
You can check the previous years cut-offs through the link given below :-
To have a list of all those colleges which you can get based upon your marks, category, and state you can use NEET College Predictor:-
I hope this information helps you.
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Hope you're doing well.
Your academics are quite strong. MBA colleges such as IIMs, FMS, etc , they look for people who have a good academic record, CAT percentile of more that 95, mostly. And, if you have a good hold of communication skills(professional), you'll surely be preffered.
Apart from CAT preparation, During your Bcom, just focus on your studies and try to keep your CGPA decent and good. Try to engage in extra curricular activities. Work on developing your skills. And, if you have working experience, more preference would be given to you. So, you should do a few internships and if possible get some job experience after completing Bcom. You should follow books like RS agarwal and arun sharma for a good hold of quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, verbal and nonverbal reasoning.
All the best.
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As per your rank in EWS CAT in Banaras Hindu University, you are eligible to get admission in main campus. Also you are more preferable to get admission in affiliated colleges of Banaras Hindu University which offer Msc Zoology. Visit the official website for regular updates regarding counselling and other admission process.
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As per the NEET Marks you have secured & your Estimate RANK is 2409, As per marks specified by you and based on the community BC-B Women there is a chance to get MBBS seat in following colleges as per the last year admissions
1. Govt. Medical College Govt. General Hospital Road, Anantapur,
2. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Putlampalli, Cuddapah District,
3. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Srikakulam, Srikakulam District,
4. G.S.L.General Hospital & Medical College NH-5, Laxmipuram, Rajahmundry-533294, East Godavari District,
5. Katuri Medical College Katuri Nagar, Chinakondrupadu, Guntur-522019, Guntur District.
As per the last year admissions with last rank admitted in various colleges,
For more details on NEET Cutoff, Fee, Colleges Information on NEET Predictor please refer below mentioned link :
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The preparation time totally depends upon your background knowledge and the source and method you are following. It really depends from people to people and 4 months is also good, if you have enough knowledge for preparing according.
In this 4 months you can solve sample paper and solve last years paper.
For more information ,go through the given link below:-